by Mike Ehret
Editor – ACFW Journal Magazine
I admit that was my response when first approached by ACFW President Margaret Daley about being involved with what became the ACFW Journal. In the digital age, it seemed like a backward step.
But that’s the beauty of vision.
What may seem illusory to others, or even Ludditian, becomes concrete and almost inevitable when fueled by people with vision and passion.
A magazine for ACFW members is not a new idea. It’s been around for several years, probably as long as I’ve been involved with member publications. But the time was never right before.
Now it is. And now you have the first edition in your hands and can see for yourself the wisdom in creating this tool. Even with the plethora of computers and electronic devices available to us for reading, there is something special about holding a printed piece.
The only power it needs is the power of your mind-and your imagination.
Because the vision is now yours as well. The ACFW Journal is, at its heart, a community asset. It benefits us all. Writers, editors, agents, publishers, each segment of this industry. We all have a stake in its mission and its success.
- You sitting with the magazine and learning more about the craft of writing each time you open it.
- Articles being talked about online and in small gatherings of writers (like our zone chapters or informal coffee shop meet-ups).
- Writers, who are also avid readers, finding new books, new authors they’ve yet to try, and buying a book they saw advertised or talked about in an article.
But even more than that, the ACFW Journal exists to support you with advice and guidance through some of the career and industry-related mazes you face in honoring your God-given call to write for Him.
And we offer you an outlet as a writer-to share the knowledge you’ve gained, the struggles you’re having (and how you’re overcoming them), and your successes.
You can write for the ACFW Journal-yes, you! It’s your member magazine. It’s your community asset.
It’s your vision now. Grab it. Read it. Participate.
Special thanks to the great team that produces the ACFW Journal: Ken Raney, graphic designer; Cheryl Wyatt, advertising director; Vicki Talley McCollum, associate editor; Susan Miller, proofreader.
And thanks to Cara Putman, ACFW PR Officer, who offers direct oversight of this project, and Margaret Daley, ACFW President, and the rest of the Board and Advisory Board members, for invaluable support and encouragement.
Michael Ehret loves to play with words and as editor for the ACFW Journal, he is enjoying a new playground. Anyone who has watched children play knows that’s how humans learn. By planning each issue of the magazine and editing its articles, Michael is constantly learning. He also plays with words as the editor-in-chief of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild and as a contributor to the blogsite, NovelRocket.com. He has edited several nonfiction books, played with words as a corporate communicator, and reported for The Indianapolis Star.